World Book Night

With Leeds City Council

It is the 10th anniversary of World Book Night on the 23rd April and we have a real treat for you this year with an evening of events to help celebrate, hosted by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers. You can find out more about how you can join in on the evening below.

The theme of this year’s World Book Night is ‘books that make you smile’ and we’ll be sharing some of our librarians' favourites over on our social media channels. Do you have a book that has kept you happy during lockdown? Whether it be magical Romance, out of this world Science Fiction or reading about other lives in Biographies we’d love you to tell us the book that makes you smile by getting in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter, look out for our posts this week.

Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the world’s most treasured and celebrated contemporary fiction authors, whose award-winning novels include Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. He appears in conversation with no. 1 bestselling author Kate Mosse to discuss Klara and the Sun, his first book since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, in this special event presented by The Reading Agency and the British Library.

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Reading Hour

Reading can increase empathy, improve relationships with others and reduce the symptoms of depression.

The #ReadingHour is a great way to set aside some time to dedicate to reading and relax with a book. Take part from home in the #ReadingHour between 7-8pm, 23rd April. Why not get involved by reading your favourite book, listening to an audiobook, or chatting about books with a friend… it’s up to you!

Tell us what you are reading on our social media channels using #ReadingHour

Books to Make You Smile, hosted by Sandi Toksvig

World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more.

During this special event, you’ll be treated to exclusive readings and hear from special guests about the books that make them smile. World Book Night Ambassador Sandi Toksvig talks live to featuring best-selling authors David Nicholls (One Day, Us, Sweet Sorrow), Bolu Babalola (Love in Colour), and World Book Night founder and Canongate Books CEO Jamie Byng.

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